2017 Sponsors

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GP Bullhound

gp-bullhound    As dealmakers in technology, GP Bullhound provides independent strategic advice on mergers and acquisitions and private placements to entrepreneurs, companies and investors. By combining a true passion for innovation with great access to global buyers and capital across Europe, US and Asia, GP Bullhound has completed transactions with many category leaders including Avito, Delivery Hero, Fjord, King.com, Pingdom, Pozitron and Spotify. The firm was founded in London in 1999 and today also has offices in San Francisco, Stockholm, Berlin and Manchester.

For more information, please visit www.gpbullhound.com


Growth Business is an invaluable resource for entrepreneurs and leaders of fast-growth enterprises. It offers a goldmine of practical information, insights and inspiration for established businesses which are achieving rapid expansion, helping them overcome obstacles to their growth and maximise their potential.

Find out more about GrowthBusiness.

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With more than 1,600 technology clients, Orrick is a leading global law firm renowned for its experience as a specialist adviser to high-growth technology companies and lead investors in the industry. We regularly advise industry leaders, from incubation through their strategic exit and other growth opportunities. We are able to offer diverse resources, including expert knowledge accrued from years of intimate work with founders, deep-rooted relationships with venture capitalists and angel investors, as well as critical insight into this rapidly evolving and increasingly competitive marketplace.

Our dominant presence in London and Silicon Valley as well as other leading technology markets such as Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and the Far East, sets us apart from our peer firms. With 25 offices throughout Europe, Asia and the US, and an affiliated office in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, our global footprint enables us to scale with our local emerging technology clients and offer seamless service as they grow and expand. We put our network to work for our clients – wherever they are in the world.

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Award Sponsors



“UK Creative Ideas Ltd. (UKCI) is an international team based in London and the rights holder in charge of operating and selling the .ART domain.
In spring 2016 UKCI signed an agreement with ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, to be the exclusive operator of the top-level domain.
.ART team is passionate about art as well as technology, and completely dedicated to making .ART the world’s successful creative domain.
The vision of .ART is to responsibly advance the art world through technology and creativity.
The mission of .ART is to create a global community; to build new territory on the Internet that is dedicated to world of arts and culture.
Over time, the .ART registry will collaborate with the art community to invent new and exciting digital services in the name of art and creativity.»

Find out more about ART.


As banking partner to some of the most disruptive and innovative businesses in the UK and beyond, we understand entrepreneurs and what it takes to help make a venture successful. For the ambitious entrepreneur growth can sometimes happen so quickly that you have little time to focus on your financial strategy – that’s why it’s so important to have a banking partner who can keep pace with your business.

Click here for more information https://entrepreneurs.barclays/


berenbergBerenberg is the world’s second-oldest bank, founded in 1590. Headquartered in Hamburg, we have been servicing clients for more than 420 years. We have a unique ownership structure, being family and privately owned and led by three managing partners who have unlimited liability which extends for a further five years after their retirement. Such a structure allows for long-term, entrepreneurial thinking aligned to our clients. Today, Berenberg is a modern and full-service private, investment and corporate bank with an integrated approach to private and institutional clients. We are financially strong with a core capital ratio of 14.4 per cent and assets under management of some €28.2 billion. Our 1,116 employees operate in 17 locations across eight countries: Germany, France, the UK, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Austria, China and the US.

Find out more about Berenberg

Bird & Bird

Bird & Bird’s Venture Capital Group advises investors, companies, founders and growth debt providers on a wide variety of venture capital transactions at all stages of the funding cycle.

The Group is recognised as a leading name in the venture capital space and is ranked Tier 1 across the UK legal directories, with particular note for guiding start-ups through their early investment rounds.

Bird & Bird is an international law firm which has been at the forefront of tech innovations since its origins. Its core focus is on emerging disruptive technologies and industries transformed by its use, making Bird & Bird the preferred law firm for many of the world’s most innovative companies.



Clients partner with Cooley on transformative deals, complex IP and regulatory matters and high-stakes litigation, where innovation meets the law. Cooley is one of the world’s leading law firm for start-ups and venture capital. Since forming the first institutional investor fund in Silicon Valley, Cooley enables entrepreneurs to transform breakthrough ideas into successful companies and acts for over 35% of US-based companies on the Wall Street Journal’s Billion Dollar Startup Club. Cooley opened in London in January 2015 and the 80 lawyer office was awarded ‘London Office of the Year’ at the British Legal Awards the same year. Cooley has 900 lawyers across 12 offices in the United States, China and Europe.


JAG Shaw Baker

JAG Shaw Baker provides high quality commercial and corporate legal advice and strategic business guidance to entrepreneurs, companies and investors across high-growth technology markets such as life sciences, clean-tech and digital technology.

 We provide a collaborative culture that gives our clients access to exceptional commercial legal advice, deep industry expertise and an understanding of how to build a business through to a successful exit. Whether it’s an IP transaction, due diligence process, financing, M&A or IPO, we help our clients achieve their business ambitions and create strong, scalable and global businesses


Taylor Wessing

Taylor Wessing is a full-service international law firm, working with clients in the world’s most dynamic industries. The firm takes a single-minded approach to advising its clients, helping them succeed by thinking innovatively about their business issues.

Taylor Wessing has leading expertise in technology, media and communications; life sciences; private wealth and energy. The firm’s 30 offices around the world blend the best of local commercial, industry and cultural knowledge with international experience to provide proactive, integrated solutions for our clients.



Shoosmiths LLP is one of the most active law firms in the VC market, advising on nearly 100 institutional backed deals last year and high profile exits including Touchtype’s sale to Microsoft.

We specialise in providing commercial and pragmatic solutions to meet clients’ aims and are market leaders for VCT/EIS transactions, developing solutions for investors, entrepreneurs and management teams which others assume are not achievable.

Shoosmiths is one of the few full-service law firms in the VC sector to have a national presence in the major markets of London and the South East, Thames Valley, Midlands and North-West, giving our clients the benefits of accessibility, strong market connections and fresh thinking.


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